Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has described Rafa Benitez as 'lucky' after he was announced as Chelsea’s new manager, saying he can add a second World Championship medal to his name without deserving either.
Benitez was announced as Roberto di Matteo’s replacement as Chelsea boss little more than 24 hours after the Italian was given his marching orders following the Blues 3-0 Champions League defeat against Juventus.
The Spaniard will have the chance to lead out Chelsea at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan next month, having won the trophy with Inter Milan soon after taking over from Jose Mourinho in 2010.
Ferguson, who enjoyed a long running battle with Benitez during his six year spell at Anfield, believes the former Valencia coach is ‘very lucky’ to have the chance to claim a second winners medal in the Club World Cup because he has had ‘nothing to do’ with the Chelsea team that got them into the competition in the first place.
"Rafa Benitez is very lucky because on his CV in two weeks' time he could have two world championships to his name - and has had nothing to do with the teams," chided the Scot.
"Jose Mourinho won the treble with Inter Milan. He (Benitez) took over and won the world championship without having to do anything and having nothing to do with the construction of the teams."
Ferguson, who will attend the unveiling of a statue of himself at Old Trafford today, also said he had sympathy for Di Matteo, who lost his job just 6 months after guiding Chelsea to their first ever Champions League trophy.
"Everyone feels for Roberto Di Matteo, and quite rightly," the Manchester United boss commented. "It is quite amazing when you think that he has won the FA Cup and the Champions League."